Thank you! I never understand why people feel it is appropriate for people, no matter how well meaning, to give pets as gifts to children without gaining the parents' permission first. I mean it is the parents home that the pet is going to live in, it is the parents who will probably be paying for the animals food, vet care and more, and let's be honest, in all likelihood it is the parents who will most likely end up doing most of the care taking chores for the pet too. What if you give someone an animal that the child or their family is allergic to, or a pet that doesn't "click" with the family, or a pet they can't afford, and they end up having to give it up?
While it bothers me most when people give children pets as gifts without consulting the parents, it still irritates me even when one adult gives another adult a pet as a gift without checking with that person first. If they have discussed it beforehand, and the gift giver knows that the gift receiver A) wants a pet, B)has the *space, the *financial means, the *energy and *time required to take care of it, and C) is at least mostly prepared for a pet's arrival (like with food, a cage for an animal that needs one etc) then I think that is ok for one adult to give another a pet as a gift, but only if those aforementioned criteria are met. I knew of a young couple (family friends) where the guy gave her a kitten for a gift, well they broke up and I'm pretty sure she gave it back and because he went to college his parents wound up caring for this cat that they never planned on having. Even if she didn't give the cat back after the breakup, because she too was off to college her parents would have been the ones to take care of it. This is a shining example of why you should think your plan to give a pet as a gift all the way through! Had that guy thought "boy what if we break up and she doesn't want the cat?" I'm sure he would've gotten her some nice jewelry instead! Lol